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National Metalformer Expands into South Carolina

Rebecca Carnes
Design-2-Part Magazine

New facility offers advanced fabrication technologies, educational seminars for engineers

In an effort to better serve customers in the Southeast region of the U.S., Dayton Rogers Manufacturing Co. is opening a new facility—the largest of its six—in Columbia, S.C., where the company will offer advanced metal fabrication technologies while seeking to capitalize on the region's burgeoning economy and manufacturing growth.

The new $11 million, two-building production facility, totaling 135,000 square feet, is scheduled to begin operations in December and will be the largest of the company's six plants that span the country with locations in California, Minnesota, Texas, Ohio, New York, and now, South Carolina.

The company's Florida plant is merging with the new South Carolina facility, and the transition of equipment is already under way. "Our expansion into South Carolina positions Dayton Rogers to more efficiently and effectively service our current customers in the region, and gives us an excellent platform to expand our business and further strengthen the Dayton Rogers brand," said David Fenske, chief operating officer of the company, in an e-mail to D2P.

Dayton Rogers' South Carolina plant will reportedly offer the "newest technology available in the metal fabrication industry," enabling faster and more efficient processing and delivery times. The company has also enhanced its rapid prototyping capabilities and will dedicate a portion of the new facility to growing this area of its business. "The depth of our industry knowledge, combined with our commitment to new technology, will ensure that our customers are getting the best product possible," Fenske added.

The company ( is ISO 9001:2008, ITAR, and AS9100:2009 certified at all locations and mainly serves the military, medical, aerospace, energy, electronics, and transportation industries. Dayton Rogers handles sheet metal fabrication and stamping, rapid prototyping, precision metal forming, and mechanical assemblies that boost productivity and increase profitability for customers, according to Brandy Satzinger, corporate marketing manager for the company. The six sheet metal fabrication shops have their own in-house tooling facility, which enables quick turnaround on new orders and prompt repair when existing tools need attention. Modular tooling can be made in as little as one day and the tooling facilities are equipped with the latest technology, including EDM equipment, CNC milling and machining centers, and the latest Solid Modeling software, including SolidWorks, Pro-E, and Auto-CAD.
Dayton Rogers also demonstrates its commitment to partnering with customers—rather than just producing parts for them—by offering tech seminars and a free design handbook for engineers. By further educating engineers on the best processes and materials to utilize, the company says, it helps engineers design better products that fit their company's offerings. Dayton Rogers gives several tech seminars each month, and a high percentage of the engineers and purchasers who attend the seminars turn into customers, according to the company. The copyrighted Dayton Rogers Design for Engineering "red book" is handed out at the seminars, with the goal that it becomes a trusted industry reference for engineers. "We want it to be a reference and stay on an engineer's desk or bookshelf, so that when they're stuck, they can pull it out and use it as a guide," said Satzinger. "And if they need to call somebody for help, they can call the number on the back of the book."

Educating the engineers on the best way to design a certain part ensures that the design is going to work smoothly in the company's manufacturing process, thus saving time and money. "Our goal is to be involved in the design process because if we can help design the part, when it gets to the manufacturing floor, it's going to be easier for us to make because we were integral in its design," Satzinger said. "By serving as a consultant to our customers, we will ultimately save them time and money."

Dayton Rogers also offers rapid prototyping out of its Rapid Prototype Center (RPC). The RPC offers 24 hour turnaround time for price quotes and will ship the prototype within 72 hours of when the order was placed. The company utilizes electronic files from solid model programs like SolidWorks, Pro-E, and Auto-CAD, although paper prints are also accepted. CAD/CAM software is used to translate the design requirements directly to the machines. The RPC will also offer 3D printing capabilities.

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